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by scareduck
Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:45 am
Forum: News
Topic: Rick Has A Word or two for sceptics.
Replies: 128
Views: 35663

Re: Rick Has A Word or two for sceptics.

Remember, the reason we're all here is to find a path to cheap energy. There's plenty of paths to expensive energy. We don't care about them, for a good reason. Expensive paths to cheap energy? Example: sunlight is free and universally available. If the capital costs of installing solar to cover so...
by scareduck
Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Rick Has A Word or two for sceptics.
Replies: 128
Views: 35663

Re: Rick Has A Word or two for sceptics.

Back to the original post. I don't like the attitude of having a finite number of attempts and then agreeing to give up for ever more. Things cost money. If something's repeatedly failed, especially if it's been an expensive failure, it's not likely to be retried (although war seems to be an except...
by scareduck
Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EEStor news
Replies: 175
Views: 53014

Betruger wrote:Could the sole problem be reliable manufacturing?
No. Nobody's ever seen even a prototype.
by scareduck
Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EEStor news
Replies: 175
Views: 53014

There is no highway-capable electric vehicle . Zenn now makes low-speed electric vehicles, but in an apparent shift in strategy, Zenn Chief Executive Ian Clifford said on Tuesday the company no longer plans to distribute or sell its own highway-capable electric vehicle, partly due to an increasingl...
by scareduck
Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:29 am
Forum: News
Topic: EEStor news
Replies: 175
Views: 53014

There is no highway-capable electric vehicle . Zenn now makes low-speed electric vehicles, but in an apparent shift in strategy, Zenn Chief Executive Ian Clifford said on Tuesday the company no longer plans to distribute or sell its own highway-capable electric vehicle, partly due to an increasingl...
by scareduck
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EEStor news
Replies: 175
Views: 53014

MSimon wrote:Depends on who they are attempting to scam. Kleiner or the Government.

Al Gore works for Kleiner. I consider that a clue.
Well, all right. What's the angle? They don't seem to be applying for federal grants.
by scareduck
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EEStor news
Replies: 175
Views: 53014

Without making comment on whether EEStor's claims are valid or not, it does seem that, if they are trying to scam people, they are doing it in an odd way, both in the choice of their victims (*surely* there must be someone easier to hit for money than Kleiner Perkins) and in their corporate structur...
by scareduck
Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:19 am
Forum: News
Topic: Good Work Guys!
Replies: 15
Views: 5497

"Badmouthing" is not the category I use to think about alternative fusion concepts. Politics has its place, but I am more concerned with an open, honest, objective, and differentiated exchange on the physics and engineering. If Lerner or Rostocker (not to mention Bussard) have some gaping holes in ...
by scareduck
Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The race is on Polywell vs ITER
Replies: 59
Views: 15178

MSimon wrote:Most significant is that the Navy calls Polywell "Applied Research".
So they say ...
by scareduck
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New Fed Law? Nuclear Energy = Clean Energy
Replies: 16
Views: 4893

Subsides? tax breaks, incentives, what ever you call it, they all get help, why single out one sector of the energy market and not another? Fair enough. But wind and solar are always demanding operational subsidies (i.e. once in place, they have to keep being paid to operate), whereas once oil is i...
by scareduck
Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Liberal Media Greater threat than terrorism
Replies: 177
Views: 32784

As to this marvelous AI future: I'll believe it when it can cut down auto fatalities by 90% or better. I have done AI for aircraft subsystems. It is darn complicated if you want exact answers. So far no one is willing to hand over flight control to fuzzy logic or neural networks. There is always a ...
by scareduck
Fri May 22, 2009 4:03 am
Forum: Design
Topic: Numerical Simulation of a Polywell
Replies: 41
Views: 21818

One of the principle considerations with this problem is that the segments all interact with each other. Communication times are therefore important. Not only do you have to have a lot of CPU cycles to throw at the problem, you also have to be able to shuffle data around quickly. This suggests a sin...
by scareduck
Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The New Admin Has Venture Plans
Replies: 47
Views: 10417

Anybody who can claim that Twitter, bereft of anything resembling actual utility and a viable business plan, not to mention burning $20M/month, is going to be one of the big winners in the coming (we hope) recovery is failing to think critically.
by scareduck
Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Beginnings of a F.A.Q.
Replies: 24
Views: 8373

Indrek wrote:Oh great. Polywell should fit right in between the perpetual motion machines and the wind turbine that runs even when there is no wind. Oh, wait. You are absolutely right. I need to keep an open mind.
Indrek -- dripping sarcasm aside, I recall you don't think Polywell fusion is viable. Why is this?
by scareduck
Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Browncoats Engine of Choice
Replies: 36
Views: 9442

The show faced a number of problems, aside from its tendency to piss off both liberals and conservatives: 1) Joss Whedon has a problem with Season 1 in every show he's done. I don't think I've seen an exception, and I'm a fan of mid-arc Buffy. 2) This was not helped by his tendency to try and write ...